• Latin: propitiare, to render favorable, to appease


  • In general the appeasing or placating of an angry person.
  • Theologically, one of the three fruits of every good work, the other two being impetration and merit.
  • One of the four ends of the sacrifice of the Mass; this end regards man.

The propitiatory power of the Mass extends to “sins, punishments and satisfactions” for the living, and punishments for the departed.

MLA Citation

  • “propitiation”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2010. Web. 16 January 2019. <>